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Freedom (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)

Franzen, Jonathan

ISBN 10: 1410433765 / 1-4104-3376-5
ISBN 13: 9781410433763
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Hardcover
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A #1 A New York Times Bestseller, An Oprah's Book Club Selection, An Indie Next Pick, A National Book Award-winning Author --Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul -- the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal neighbor, an enviably perfect mother, and the wife of Walter's dreams. She and Walter -- environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man -- did their part to build a better world. But in the new millennium, something is happening to the Berglunds.

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Amazon Best of the Month, August 2010: "The awful thing about life is this:" says Octave to the Marquis in Renoir's Rules of the Game. "Everyone has his reasons." That could be a motto for novelists as well, few more so than Jonathan Franzen, who seems less concerned with creating merely likeable characters than ones who are fully alive, in all their self-justifying complexity. Freedom is his fourth novel, and, yes, his first in nine years since The Corrections. Happy to say, it's very much a match for that great book, a wrenching, funny, and forgiving portrait of a Midwestern family (from St. Paul this time, rather than the fictional St. Jude). Patty and Walter Berglund find each other early: a pretty jock, focused on the court and a little lost off it, and a stolid budding lawyer, besotted with her and almost burdened by his integrity. They make a family and a life together, and, over time, slowly lose track of each other. Their stories align at times with Big Issues--among them mountaintop removal, war profiteering, and rock'n'roll--and in some ways can't be separated from them, but what you remember most are the characters, whom you grow to love the way families often love each other: not for their charm or goodness, but because they have their reasons, and you know them. --Tom Nissley

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